REEL - Kennedy Ryan
REVIEWER: Brenda Larnell | RATING: A
REVIEW: REEL is a beautifully crafted story within a story. The primary story highlights the romance between the hero, Canon Holt, and the heroine, Neveah Saint. The reader is literally propelled into another era, the Harlem Renaissance, where the heroine is talented jazz singer, but unknown, Dessi Blue. Then we are transported back to present day with Canon and Neveah. It’s a smooth transition, which is attributed to the skills of author Kennedy Ryan.
Neevah Saint is a talented, but unknown actress who is discovered by filmmaker, Canon Holt. Recognizing that Neevah is just the actress he seeks to headline his movie about Dessi Blue, a little-known Harlem Renaissance performer. The story takes off and as a reader, I found myself taking off with it as I followed Canon and Neevah as they navigated through the world of work relationships, family relationships, and love relationships. Not only that, but the historical references are woven into the story that gives it an epic quality. As a young actress, Neevah is dealing with so much more than delivering lines. Her backstory, that we are introduced to very early in the story, is haunting, and its ramifications are complex. You’ll get that when you read the story. Canon also has some demons to overcome and being with Neevah brings complications that he cannot ignore. This story in a story is emotional, inspirational, and so entertaining. Kudos to Ms Ryan for flawlessly incorporating an awareness of an important medical issue in relating Neevah’s story. It also becomes a part of Canon’s artistry as a film maker that adds another dimension to this well-written story.
The side characters are excellent in their roles as they contribute to the intrigue of the story and the development of the main characters. Friends and family members of Canon and Neevah have instrumental roles in helping this couple to find their way. The HEA is different, but it fits so well with the storyline. This line from the story sums it up, “Life is indiscriminately seasoned, usually not sweet without some bitter. Usually not sun without some rain.”
I thoroughly enjoyed this engaging and moving story, and I recommend it for your reading pleasure. REEL by Kennedy Ryan is a must read.
14th June 2021 | firstname.lastname@example.org